Tool Not Releasing A New Album In 2013, Says Maynard

Can we trust Tool frontman this time?

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Bad news for all you Tool fans out there, as the band apparently won't be releasing a new studio album this year. According to frontman Maynard James Keenan, we'll have to wait yet another whole year for the "10.000 Days" follow-up.

Despite the various announcements of the new album coming in 2013, the vocalist has shunned all the reports in the latest interview with Radio Futuro, taking away the hope from fans around the world.

"No new disc. Not this year... I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing", said Keenan.

Same goes for the new A Perfect Circle release. Apparently, with the vocalist focusing on his work with Puscifer and guitarist Billy Howerdel being busy with Ashes Divide there is simply no time for work on a new album at the moment.

However, the singer also has somewhat of a bad reputation for his media pranks and eccentric statements. Back in 2005 he even played an April Fools joke saying that the band will stop working on a new album due to him "finding Jesus". So is he just misleading us or will the fans really have to wait for a total of at least 8 years for a new release?

Prior to this statement, the new Tool album was going behind schedule with the latest scooter accidents involving two of the band members additionally slowing down the process. Back in March, drummer Danny Carey has announced that the band will be entering studio somewhere in June of July.

What we should definitely be certain about is the new Puscifer EP, "Donkey Punch The Night", coming out on February 19. The current month will also mark the release of Keenan's cover of the classic Queen tune, "Bohemian Rhapsody".

So what are your thoughts on this one? Disappointed for having to wait for so long or still hoping he is just pulling our leg?

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    As much as I would like to believe it's an early April Fools joke, I'm afraid the reality is this is true....
    mat hazelwood
    I've come to accept that the Rolling Stones will have final reunion tours more often than Tool goes on a regular one...
    Thank god.
    the stones have always annoyed the hell out of my ears. Tool is probably the most creative and unique metal band ever. I'd rather listen to all Tool songs over and over and over than listen to 1 RS song.
    Honestly seems like he really doesn't want to be asked about tool a couple days before his new Puscifer album is out. Ask him 3 weeks from now and I bet the answer would be different. He's clearly excited about Puscifer and wants some recognition outside of his Tool days.
    I'm just curious to see what everyone else thinks about this.... No new Tool or Perfect Circle moving in on a decade now, but he's been plenty busy with Puscifer. Does anyone really give a flying f*** about Puscifer?
    Have you heard C is for (Please Insert...) or Conditions of My Parole? Puscifer is awesome.
    Their two best releases so far. V is for Vagina was good but Conditions and C is for (Please Insert) blew that album out of the water in my opinion. Still ... I need more Tool in my life
    Yeah, Puscifer is great... but I'd definitely prefer new music from Tool or APC.
    Yeah I'm really not a big fan of Puscifer. I thought that the song "Humbling River" was really good, but nothing else really did anything for me. With that said he's at the point where he's done so much, that he really doesn't have to do anything for us. He's a musician and he's going to go where his creative pursuits bring him. I really want new APC and Tool albums, but I think it's important to let him go his own way rather than have him bored and uninspired when making a new Tool album. It's certainly not my favorite scenario, but it is the best course of action given the current conditions.
    So you think he should give up on one of his musical projects just because you "don't give a flying ****"?
    Actually, yes I do. I do expect Maynard to alter his entire career and life to my personal,and specific musical tastes. That's exactly what I meant when I simply asked everyone else what they thought of Puscifer.
    I definitely do. The Puscifer show I saw last year was one of the coolest live things I've ever seen, concert or otherwise. I'm okay with letting time take it's course for Tool and APC, they'll release something worth the wait.
    Yes, actually. A whole lot of people really like Puscifer. Their last album, Conditions of my Parole, was especially awesome. I'm okay waiting on new Tool and APC material as long as Maynard to doing his own thing and making awesome music while he's at it.
    Conditions for My Parole is easily in my top 5 favorite albums released in the last 10 years.
    Puscifer is a great and incredibly underrated band. Open your mind a little and give them a shot. They're awesome. Plus he works with Milla Jovovich on some stuff. Have YOU ever worked with Milla Jovovich? Mmmm Milla Jovovich....
    Something is up here. No releases from either one of them, and all Maynard is putting out is an -EP- for Puscifer. In the last year or two APC and Tool have gone on the record saying they're writing, or recording, or recording at this point in time, so I honestly feel like one of the bands has an album just about ready to go. I mean, come one, accidents happen, but do you -really- believe -two- members got into a SCOOTER accident? Do those things go over 25? I've crashed my BMX going faster than that and didn't have to go to the hospital. I would not be surprised if a youtube video of a new single from either band appeared in a week or two..
    Still hoping this is a joke. Maybe the album will suddenly be released on the 1st of April?
    I thought the band already worked out the songs... And maynard had to go in and work out the words... Dont get me wrong... I love the experiments of Puscifier and the radio friendly APC... But Tool is where my heart is and as a long time fan... This news is disappointing.. But on the brighter side... Perfection is time and they have NEVER made a bad album.
    I heard a rumor that tool's drummer is working on a side project that may or may not include ex-chili peppers guitarist john frusciante and it sounds like its going to be in a rock format. I hope so, id love to hear what those two could do together and obviously a lot of people want frusciante playing rock guitar again.
    Hyacinth House
    Don't you ****ing toy with my emotions
    I read a interview where danny carey states that he's got a project going for sure, and john "might" play on it. I seriously hope it happens!
    I like Tool, but is anyone really surprised that you get an album a decade from them? And who cares anyway? It'll come out whenever they feel like it, and their fans will bitch and moan, then but five copies each when it hits stores, like usual.
    What a stinkfist of a news.
    They split my heart right in two.
    I personally saw this and was disgustipated.
    Come on TOOL I love you but you've only put four albums out and that's only four more then me and I haven't put out any.
    Back in March, drummer Danny Carey has announced that the band will be entering studio somewhere in June of July.
    I don't see the point in anticipating albums anymore. With the internet nowadays you have at your fingertips a never ending supply of new or old music, and discovering and re-discovering songs and bands. Broaden your music taste and follow some new stuff, then before you know it, a new Tool album will be ready to download. It happens when it happens.
    Sammy Mantis
    Excellent post, I agree. Lotss of amazing music out there a few mouse clicks away, why sit around waiting for anyone's new album? Who knows, by the time you're done exploring you may forget all about Tool.
    The band is named 'tool' after all, so this is what we can expect..... This saddens me greatly.
    Lol, some people didn't appreciate this joke I like TOOL and I found it funny.
    I do get wrapped up in album releases; most of these news stories are about stuff to get excited about, so I don't know why everyone's playing it so cool. No one wants a rushed album, but the band were "Writing new material" four years ago. They were "Really coming together and creating some amazing tunes "three years ago"; "putting the album together" two years ago; "ready to go into the studios" nearly one year ago... And now it's simply "Nah, whatever, I'm too busy to bother with all that stuff at the moment" When the band's singer doesn't think the band is important enough to bother with, it does grind your gears a little. The point is... People (including me) feel disapointed. I'm going to watch a Bruce Dickinson interview and get this sour taste out of my mouth.
    Worst news, incredibly disappointing. Can only hope that its shenanigans on his part, you never really know with maynard, or tool for that matter. pretty sure i speak for most when i say PLEASE RELEASE A DAMN ALBUM THIS YEAR!!
    As long as there is less filler than 10,000 Days, I'm fine with the wait.
    I don't get why everyone is always complaining about the filler on that album... out of 11 tracks, 3 were filler. About 10 min of filler out of a 75 min disc. AEnima had more than that, and that album was awesome!
    I'm not saying Aenima is excused for it's respective bull shit, and I probably over stated the amount of filler on 10K days. All of the albums are awesome, but my point is that the fans have been waiting for going on seven years. Stuff like Lipan Conjuring won't really cut it.
    Even if the album kind of needs that stuff to flow in that beautiful way that the others do as a result of the "filler"?
    With such filler in previous albums as Message to Harry Manback, Ions, Mantra, Die Eer Von Satan, the middle of Ticks and Leeches where nothing happens, L.A.M.C., and Cesaro Summability; what filler exactly are you speaking of on 10,000 Days? That song before Rosetta Stoned? I mean, despite it being a fantastic album, AEnima is obviously their album of filler, so I'm having a hard time figuring out wtf exactly it is you're talking about right now, other than you're completely deaf and implying that songs like Jambi, Right in Two, the title track, Vicarious, etc., are filler.
    "the middle of Ticks and Leeches where nothing happens" nothing happens?? listen closely. its the calm before the storm. and justin and adam do the best build up.
    This how I feel about a lot of what people call "filler" on tool albums, just because it's not a strong song (or part) in of itself it doesn't mean it doesn't help the flow of the album (or song), would you people rather they make the transitions part of the songs so there even harder to skip over? because although many of you may not enjoy the transitions I personally feel that a bit of space in between songs (and sections) helps my listening experience and the band obviously agrees. What is there to get upset about? It's not like there depriving you of anything by having 10 minutes of noise when there albums are almost an hour and a half long. With many bands the space they leave in the music speaks more powerfully than any sonic barrage ever could and I find to tool to be one of those bands.
    Exactly; if they didn't have the filler tracks, the album wouldn't flow as smoothly. Just imagine skipping all of the filler on AEnima.
    I actually enjoyed Ions! It's really cool when you close your eyes and listen to it with headphones in, but besides that I guess it's not that great. Die Eer Von Satan was amusing for a while. I loved Lipan Conjuring off of 10 000 Days though,it's a filler that you can actually kinda sing or hum along to, even though I don't understand what the hell is going on in it
    I have a feeling it will be just like that. It seems like Puscifer is Maynard's new outlet for the heavier stuff, so he'll keep the more experimental stuff for TOOL/APC because he knows he can get away with it there. Just my opinion.
    10,000 days has some filler, but Aenima and lateralus dont, or at least I dont ever consider IONS or Cesaro summability as filler. They are transitions.
    I honestly wouldn't care if they never real released a new album because everything they've done up to this point is so strong that I don't think they owe us anything. That said, I would still love to see this finally come out.
    I doubt so though, for the past 6 years there was no ramble about a new album on whether is it happening or not. Suddenly this year, all they've been talking about is how a certain member got into accident and will delay the album and now Maynard not writing anything. As far as I know, Tool would not talk so much about their new albums until it's really close to launch. However, it's always 50/50 for me in trusting their words.
    Seriously. I love Tool but waiting for an album is exhausting. If they as a band are not interested in putting one out, then meh, I don't care.
    I agree. I mean, either release a new album or break up. I get that Maynard is all on about Puscifer, and that's cool. But honestly...he's really taking his fans for a roller-coaster ride, and that's not cool.
    Im speaking as a MASSIVE tool/apc/puscifer fan and I agree with you both entirely (though you/we will most likely get thumbed down). Tool fans lap up anything Maynard does and says as if hes god, I used to be the same but Im genuinely worn out with it all now. I enjoy the music and am grateful for what we have, I just wish they (although its Maynard really) wouldnt play around with loyal fans. Youve got to give them credit for somehow being able to survive without putting an album out at least every 2-3 years like most bands do - I know they all have their little side projects but I cant see how they get away with it in the current musical climate. Not hating obviously I am just genuinely curious.
    It's because they don't care about living up to fan expectations at all. Not the "Maynard is God" fans, nor the "If they don't put out an album that sounds just like Opiate/Undertow/Aenima/Lateralus (pick your fav) THIS year, then I'm DONE with them." They don't break up and then get back together every two years. They haven't desperately tried to get back in touch with their fanbase every couple years. They haven't hopped on the latest dubstep fad. They just make music they like when they want to make it, and there's really no point in doing anything but listening to music that's out now and listening to the Tool record when it eventually comes out.
    I'll tackle this four ways. 1) It's true that they don't care about fan's expectations when writing and they always try to "Be true to their art"... But I've seen them plenty of times up on stage smiling their balls off after five minutes of searing ovation at the end of a gig. They do care. If they were booed at a gig, I think they'd fhucking cry. 2) Maynard always bangs on about piracy killing music, and how people should buy the record to support the bands they love... So he obviously wants something from us (as fans) and to the fans he should be a little more grateful. Military-school art graduates don't get to buy their own vinyards every day. 3)The actual band "Tool" has been ready to go for ages, (so say the internet interviews) and really they've just been putting in more and more time until the vocalist can actually free up some time to write vocals, as I understand it. They keep saying things like "Oh, I've been keeping busy with other things like..." 4) Maynard's own words, cynically, is that he hates it when people show up to a gig like cattle without thinking, but he expects the fanbase to just sitaround and wait for him to be ready to tour/release, and then they'll buy all those tickets to fund his winery.
    good to see someone who understands the actual psychology behind how a musician writes inspired music, you write what you can and feel like doing well, the audience is always important but people like all sorts of music so theres no reason to limit yourself to what just one group likes because one of them wrote a pissy comment about how your everything after your first albums crap, thats not a compelling argument it's just business as usual, if you think your complainings going do shit all listen to hooker with a penis, they've been dealing with this shit since there second album.
    This is Godwins law for Tool - its only a matter of time after a fan says something slightly against Tool before another fan instructs them to listen to Hooker with a Penis...
    Are you bad mouthing Tool fans?!?!? Go listen to Hooker with a Penis! Lol just kidding.
    Way Cool JR.
    I thought this band was pretty good when they first came out, But I grew tired of them pretty quickly.
    My thoughts exactly...Everything they've done since "Undertow" is just a rehash of that album...I don't understand why SO many people like them.
    WHY is all the news today depressing. Between this and Reg Presley, Fall out Boy, and HMV...
    In addition to Puscifer, Maynard now writes a biweekly column for a Phoenix newspaper, and manages a ****ing vineyard, along with now writing an autobiography, and that's just the stuff he does that the public knows about. He's a busy dude. New tool will come when it's good and damn well ready. Yes, the band is working on new songs now. No, Maynard has not started working on lyrics for them yet. The way they work is the band comes up with music, when they have a whole bunch they pass it to Maynard, he writes lyrics and makes notes about the arrangement, then they start working on things all together and formulate the final version of each song. I predict that MJK will get involved sometime before the last quarter of this year and the recording will start around next new year, give or take a few weeks. That's probably totally wrong, which is cool by me.
    Tool is my absolute favorite band of all time but its moments like these that make it hard to be a fan. Mother said I should have married the nice girl up the street but I told her that Tool loved me
    What a tool. See what I did there? But seriously, I hope this isn't true, but I get the feeling that it is.
    with luck it will not suck like 10,000 days and will be something like aenima
    Tool haven't written a relevant song in 17 years.
    Actually, Tool have never written a "relevant" song... that's what makes them great. They make amazing music that has NOTHING to do with the garbage that is popular at the time.
    it doesn't always have to make sense to be creative or a work of art. Tool's songs are so unique and deep.
    what, someone really thinks 10000 days was a good album? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I FUCKING REST MY CASE
    Ignore the troll.
    Ten thousand days as an album may not be a good structurally as lateralus but the title track makes me cry when I listen to it, the musicianship in every track is awing to behold, rosetta stoned is the most awesomely trippy song they've wrote since third eye, the polyrythms layering and seemingly minimalist style on Jambi combine with the powerful vocals to make a classic tool song if your into their more progressive tendency's, the pot simply rocks, and last but not least right in two is one of their most emotionally compelling songs yet and makes an epic ender. As an album I can see the complaints about it not being as united or having as good of flow as previous albums but if you break it down song by song you have three songs that combine amazing proggresive musicianship with a level of emotionality I've only been able to get with mumford and sons and pink floyd and mother****ing rosetta stoned. I ****ing rest my case.
    I agree totally. "10,000 Days" isn't my favorite Tool album but it has some powerful moments and it's beautiful in it's own way. A mediocre Tool album is still better than most music out there.
    I understand you don't like 10,000 days.. but was it really that funny? That's a lot of laughter.
    Havent been on this site in ages, but I did a search for "new Tool album stuff" [not those exact words] because I was starting to feel that 10,000 Days is pretty old at this point, and this article came up first (after Wikipedia). Tool is my favorite band, because they do what the **** they want. They [encourage] people to think about shit beyond just the surface level, to always dig for deeper meaning. Their music is pure, not forced. They don't pump out records because their fans "can't wait" for a new album. I'd rather wait a decade for an album that wasn't rushed, that wasn't just thrown together between the band members' other projects... than one churned out just to make Tool fans happy. It sounds kind of weird, but I really like that they don't care. [That said, I'd ****in love a new Tool album this year, too. We'll see what happens!]
    Tool goes through alot of breaks, but I think if they need time to come up with something good then so be it, that's what Tool's about. But yeah, it sucks, this has been the longest time without a new Tool album since the beggining of the band, I just hope when and if it does finally come out, that it's going to kick ass
    Goldie Bush
    Dammit.. Tool Doesn't love us.. Those bastards. Do we need to write the damn album for them!? >:/